Hello. My name is Evan Saathoff. And I am a Purge fan. All three of them. Yes, even the first one.
And luckily for me, there is a lot of Purge in my future thanks to a fourth film (expected to be released on my next birthday, July 4, 2018) and a TV show.
Perhaps not luckily for me, neither of these Purge endeavors will further the films’ storyline, which makes sense since the last one ended with what looked like the last Purge ever.
Instead, The Purge 4 (actual title TBD, but possibly The Purge: The Island) will take place on Staten Island during the very first Purge according to series mastermind James DeMonaco, who is not directing this time around.
In an interview with Vulture, DeMonaco let details on the new film fly:
I was wondering how you get people to stay for the first Purge, and what they do is they start monetizing it. People from Staten Island can easily go to Brooklyn for the evening, so what they do is start promising very decent sums of money for the very poor people in the neighborhood. It becomes a monetization of murder and violence, incentivizing killing and keeping people around for them to be victims. So you see the inception of how grotesque the idea of the Purge is, the manipulation upon the society. That’s where it becomes, sadly, I think, very topical right now with the current administration.
I believe him.
DeMonaco also offered some details on the upcoming TV show, which I’m honestly starting to get a real interested in:
The TV show takes place between the first Purge and the last movie. We’re kind of right in the middle of all the Purge timelines, so it’s before Charlie Roan. It’s way after the New Founding Fathers of America have come into power. But in the next Purge movie, Purge Four, the NFFA has just come into power and come up with this crazy conceit of the Purge to help a dying economy. So if 20 Purges have taken place, or 15, we’re probably on the seventh or eighth in the TV show.
So, Purge brothers and sisters, our Purge future will involve the first Purge and a middle Purge. I wish I could see the series advance its established timeline, but this will do. Especially if it’s just as politically biting as the last one. For tons of other details, you should read the whole interview here.